I actually first encountered Jon Hopkins through his collaborative work with Kenny Anderson, AKA King Creosote, and was not entirely surprised when I first heard his 2013 album, Immunity. A million miles from Make Diamond Mine, there is however a perception with producers, and well, this album fits. A damn fine album, and seeing him in Harpa in Reykjavik performing the tracks was an immense treat, his international fans in awe of this man at work. This time round it was Singularity that Mr Hopkins was in Glasgow to promote, and with a much earlier time slot, finishing just slightly early at 9:55pm. And the anticipation was high at this sold out gig, eager fans not only awaiting his entrance with impatience but the wolf-whistling and hollering as he hit the right notes.
With Nathan Fake supporting, Jon Hopkins performed in a space that made him feel a little more at home, in the warehouse vibe of SWG3’s Galvanizers, industrial and large in mass. Performing tracks from his fifth album, Singularity, Hopkins not only had sensory-pleasing visuals to accompany the tracks but also choreographed dancers, holding what looked like image-sticks to appease the crowd. Musically, the crowd pleasingly reacts as soon as the beat drops with the opening track, his audience looking to navigate their way around the live performance of this acclaimed record.
These two dancers with their light-miracle toys oft create starscapes, computer chip visuals, all with a blasé stare into the crowd, robotic and unyielding in their poise. They added extra stimulation for the visual senses, to a crowd that seemed stimulated enough, but this made it all the more special, complimenting the ethereal, and industrial beats.
Despite plugging the new record, Open Eye Signal was played, and warmly welcomed, as I am more familiar with the tracks of Immunity than his newer record. However, it’s not just me, as the entire audience embrace this change in vibe with more hollers and many satisfied faces. And albeit not Reykjavik, the crowd in Glasgow have the same reaction to this producer, looking up to the man for direction. A fantastic gig, far from static, evolutionary in movement, and it was all done with five minutes to spare.
Singularity is out now, via Domino Records.